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Mar 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
-- dennis rodman was bigger news in north korea than its recent nuclear test. kim jong-un and his wife gushed and watched the basketball match with rodman. it wasn't just basketball. there was a tour of a dolphin aquarium, ice rink, and last night, a private dinner with kim that apparently involved more than eating. a producer from rodman's sponsor vice magazine tweeting, so kim jong-un just got the vice crew wasted. no, really, that happened. >> i love it. he's awesome. >> reporter: awesome? kim parties while his citizens starve and he's repeatedly threatened the united states with destruction. and has the material for enough nuclear bombs to make good on that threat. and dennis rodman is our only direct contact? >> is rodman the man who knows more about kim jong-un than any american? >> he is that man. there's nobody at the cia who could tell you more about kim jong un personally than dennis rodman. that in itself is scary. >> reporter: but the state has no plans to reach out to the bad boy of basketball, stating -- with a straight face today -- >> he's never been a player in diploma
Feb 28, 2013 5:30pm PST
page of their newspap newspaper, with the dictator, kim jong-un. and abc's john donvan tells us why. >> reporter: dennis rodman's arrival in north korea early this week, the diplomatic stunner of the year so far. a meeting by the basketball court with kim jong-un. no american gets in to see the north korean ruler. not even, say, google founder eric schmidt, whose visit was not well regarded by the u.s. government. >> we don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful. >> reporter: but maybe that's because schmidt was never an nba star. while one of the known things about the secretive kim's private life, from his days as a student at a swiss boarding school, is that he was an nba nut, especially big on rodman's old team, the bulls. and when "vice magazine" pitched north korea on bringing over rodman and some harlem globetrotters to do some exhibition play for its new hbo show, it was, "sure, come on in." and so, dennis rodman is there among the uniformly attired, stiff-faced north korean elite. the nba star, as known for his hair and for his flamboyant outfits, as for his hoo
Mar 8, 2013 5:30pm PST
last night. there they are, kim jong-un visiting troops near the border, sparking a kind of hysteria as soldiers raised their hands in the air, in the surf, supposedly a sign of their devotion to the regime. >>> now the big news out of rome, the conclave, the vote to choose the next pope will begin on tuesday. the cardinals will move into a sequestered building near the sistine chapel. we see their quiet rooms. there's a bed inside, a cross above it and a desk to study. there's also a chapel in the dorm and tonight, the italian press is reporting that among those cardinals, a division is growing on one side. roman insiders on one side and other americans pushing for reform. abc's terry moran talks to men and women in the american catholic church for the reality of their views from here. >> reporter: they will choose the next pope, the cardinals, the princes of the church, all men. all rigorously loyal to the conservative vision that now dominates church leadership. sometimes it all seems so far away, so different from the lives and concerns of catholics here in america. especially am
Mar 29, 2013 5:30pm PDT
young, untested leader, kim jong-un. abc's bob woodruff, who has traveled inside north korea, has the news tonight. >> reporter: a rally 100,000 strong, chanting "death to the u.s. imperialists." their leader, kim jong-un, seated, with a war plan. look closely, and the words appear to say "strategic forces plan to hit the u.s." and a new propaganda video showing the north striking an american bomber, released just hours after the u.s. flew the stealth b-2 over the peninsula in a show of force. there are concerns that the tensions are ratcheting up. >> all anyone needs to do is light a match and it could set off a second korean war and that's the real danger here, because that would be catastrophic. >> reporter: what's so worrying is that we know so little about the new, young leader. we were there two and a half years ago when the world first saw him. he seems more westernized, enjoying mickey mouse and american basketball. even meeting with former nba star dennis rodman. but he is also acting more aggressively than some analysts had hoped, launching rockets into space and building a
Mar 15, 2013 5:30pm PDT
launched. but it is the unexpectedly quick advances that north korea and its young leader, kim jong-un, have made in recent months. the nuclear tests, the long-range missile launches and this apparently new road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that has convinced the pentagon that protective measures must be dramatically increased. >> the reason we're advancing our program here for homeland security is to not take any chances, is to stay ahead of the threat. >> reporter: there will be 14 new missile interceptors added to the 30 already deployed. the interceptors are designed to detect a launch with satellites and radars. if an enemy launch is detected, dozens of interceptors can be fired from california and alaska. >> this young lad ought to be deterred by that. and if he's not, we'll be ready. >> reporter: and the pentagon made clear today that north korea's mobile icbm has the range to reach the u.s. while those interceptors can potentially track and destroy enemy missiles long before they ever hit their target, the system is far from foolproof. >> we've never had a test against t
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